A very short collapsed length (14.6 inches / 37 cm), light weight, and a terrific extended grip/strap combo make the Black Diamond Distance Carbon FLZ one of the best all-round lightweight poles on the market, whether folding or otherwise. The FLZ model adds some adjustability vs. the standard Z model.


  • Short collapsed length due to its folding design
  • Enough adjustability for some shelter pitching and changing terrain
  • One of the better foam grip, extended grip, and strap combos available in terms of comfort
  • Stiff, rattle-free, and strong


  • Limited adjustability for tall shelters
  • Extended grip could benefit from a palm rest